Brian Baird ( born March 7, 1956 in Chama, New Mexico ) is an American politician. From 1999 to 2011 he represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Brian Baird studied until 1977 at the University of Utah in Provo and then to 1984 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he majored in philosophy and psychology. Between 1986 and 1998 he worked as a psychology professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Politically, Baird joined the Democratic Party. In 1996 he ran for the first time, but still unsuccessfully for Congress. In the 1998 election, he was the third election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Linda Smith on January 3, 1999. After he was confirmed in all subsequent elections, he can exercise his mandate until today. Baird has stated in December 2009 that he no longer wanted to run in 2010. Thus ended his membership in Congress on January 3, 2011. Democrat Dennis Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera, both MPs in the House of Representatives Washington, competed for his successor. Herrera was the choice to decide for themselves.
Baird maintains the Iraq war for a historical error of American foreign policy. However, he has agreed to an extension of the 2007 American troop presence in the region. On 19 February 2009, Baird visited together with the deputies Keith Ellison from Minnesota to Gaza in order to get a picture of the situation in the region. Baird was most recently a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He also was a member of various subcommittees.
Brian Baird is married and lives privately in Vancouver, Washington.